The Colorado Trail Copper Mountain to Tennessee Pass

Frisco, Colorado 80443

The Colorado Trail Copper Mountain to Tennessee Pass

The Colorado Trail: Copper Mountain to Tennessee Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This segment begins off of CO-91 at the south edge of the Copper Mountain Resort Golf Course. The CT continues generally westward, staying south of the built-up areas while passing under the lower ends of several ski lifts. It passes close to the Copper Mountain Village Center at one point (mile 1.7), where there are restaurants and limited grocery shopping. At about mile 2.2, the CT joins the Copper Mountain horse trail and shares this trail for about 1.2 miles. It gently climbs the mountain, passes through several ski runs and leaves the developed ski area at about mile 4.4.

At around mile 5.4, the CT crosses Guller Creek and continues up the gulch to Searle Pass. From Searle Pass to Kokomo Pass, the CT contours across the tundra on the east side of Elk Ridge at the 12,000-foot level, providing some nice views. It then curves around the south end of Elk Ridge and descends into the valley containing old Camp Hale. It then parallels south-bound CO-24, first on the east side, then on the west side to Tennessee Pass."

The Colorado Trail: Copper Mountain to Tennessee Pass Trip Reports

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7/25/2018
Good for hiking, biking or backpacking. This hike has some lovely scenery and some seasonal water crossings. Since this is a long hike you can do it with a car at each end or out and back if you want a nice long trip for a few days. I think there's a shuttle you can use as well. You can camp along the trail. If you're not used to high elevation this may be a tough one for you so if you're visiting CO take some time to get acclimated first. Also be sure to bring something for weather like a poncho, cause it can get damp and rainy the higher you get above the treeline. Lots of wildlife along the way and great views of the mountains and meadows of Colorado.
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Trail Information

Frisco
Nearby City
25.4
Distance
4,020 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Best summer and fall
Season
9,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,280 feet
Top Elevation
Holy Cross and Dillon Ranger Districts, White River National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #109; USGS Vail Pass, Copper Mountain, Pando, Leadville North
Local Maps

Trail Log